GOVAC'S
SAFETY TIP OF THE MONTH
MARCH'S TIP COMES
FROM
National Safety Council.
For more tips, take
some time to check out
their webpage.
1
Thanks to Life Essentials by
Zee  their tips! Check out their
site for more safety information
Thanks to New York
Dept. of Health for tips.
For more information
on other health issues
check out their
website.
TIPs COMES FROM
The Outdoor Power Equipment
Institute, Inc
WEBSITE - CYBERLAWN
National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration
and the
New York State Dept of
Motor Vehicles
The October's Safety Tip comes from:

American Academy of
Pediatrics
&
National Safety Council.
JANUARY'S SAFETY TIP
COMES FROM

FEMA
The August Safety Tip
came from:
KIDSOURCE
ONLINE
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a brain injury that:
Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
• Can change the way your brain normally works
• Can occur during practices or games in any sport
• Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
• Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?
• Headache or “pressure” in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Bothered by light
Bothered by noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
• Difficulty paying attention
• Memory problems
• Confusion
• Does not “feel right”
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION?
• Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if
you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.
• Get a medical check up. A doctor or health care professional can tell you if you have
a concussion and when you are OK to return to play.
• Give yourself time to get better. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time
to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second
concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is
important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to
return to play.


HOW CAN I PREVENT A CONCUSSION?
Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
• Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
• Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as
helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). In order for equipment to
protect you, it must be:
> The right equipment for the game, position,or activity
> Worn correctly and fit well
> Used every time you play
It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.